Archive for October, 2017

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Speech and Debate team gets off to strong start

October 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Speech and Debate team began the academic year with excellent performances in the Aztec Invitational Tournament in San Diego over the weekend. The team ranked in the top eight out of 31 universities and colleges and hopes to do even better in its next event, in early November at Cal State Northridge.

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Chapel: Shlemon’s talk is a matter of life and death

October 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Advancements in science and technology can be great, Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason told Chapel on Monday, but killing human beings in the name of progress must never be tolerated by Christians. “We are witnessing the death of the idea that human beings are special in some significant way and that they are valuable and that we should care for them,” Shlemon said.

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Slideshow: Family Weekend

October 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau A wide array of activities awaited parents and their Grand Canyon University students on Family Weekend – everything from face painting to bowling to a 5K Thunder run. There also were performances by GCU students, such as the Critical Mass singing group, but the main goal was to bring families together.  

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Slideshow: Thunder, softball team at PCH 5K

October 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau Thunder and the Grand Canyon University softball team spread GCU cheer at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital 5K on Saturday.    

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Thousands descend for jam-packed Family Weekend

October 09, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Johnae Hughes’ family came from Honolulu to visit her on Family Weekend, and the long trip was worth it — not just to see Johnae, a GCU freshman, but to see her zip in a frenzy through the Lope Shop to grab as much merchandise as she could in 60 seconds as the winner of the first “Thunder Bolt.” It was just one of the many activities on campus.

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Antelope Intros: Michelle Carlson and Austin Cox

October 09, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features a counselor with a passion for helping people and a lab technician with a zest for life and … his beard.

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Empowering teachers to be instruments of change

October 06, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Educators are still teaching as if they’re in the industrial age, said Kathryn Scott, Executive Director of Strategic Educational Alliances. But as the internet and other types of technology change the face of learning, teachers have to evolve — something they’re doing as part of the Canyon Inquiry Project, a yearlong professional development project for teams of educators from 10 high schools. Author Trevor MacKenzie, an advocate of inquiry-based learning, was on the GCU campus recently to kick of the workshop series.

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Slideshow: Campout for Midnight Madness

October 06, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau The basketball season hasn’t even started yet, and Grand Canyon University students already are in midseason form. A campout – organized and managed by the Havocs, GCU’s nationally renowned student cheer section – to get premium spots in line for Midnight Madness, scheduled for Friday night at GCU Arena, drew 88 tents housing 385 people. That’s almost twice as much as the turnout for games against Louisville and New Mexico State last season. “This completely exceeded my expectations,” said Titus Converse, the veteran Havocs member who managed the event. “It blew my mind for event that doesn’t even have a game attached to it.” Dubbed “Camp Elliott” in honor of Daniel Elliott, who was first in line at the first campout last year, the campout even featured a Purple Pregame Party, only 24 hours early. Midnight Madness has a pirate theme this year, and entertainment with that theme in mind was planned for students waiting in line all afternoon. “It will be like Disneyland out here,” Converse said.  

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GCU to host Bioethics Conference on Monday

October 06, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau How do our convictions to respect human dignity coexist with our passions for science, biology, medicine and technological innovation? What types of conflict arise between Christian values and advancements in these fields? Leaders from Grand Canyon University and the community will provide insights Monday in the 2017 Bioethics Conference at GCU Arena. The conference, titled “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Human Dignity and Bioethics,” will ask pressing questions and provide insight on bioethics regarding disability and human dignity. SCHEDULE 11:15 a.m. — Chapel with Alan Shlemon from Stand to Reason 12:30 p.m. — Lunch 1:15 — Performance by Critical Mass 1:30 — Welcome by Brian Mueller 1:35 — Welcome video by Joni Eareckson Tada (2018 Bioethics Conference speaker) 1:40 — Dr. Tim Griffin prayer and panel introduction 1:45 — Dr. Antoinette Farmer-Thompson, featured speaker 2:00 — Katie Dickey, featured speaker 2:15 — Alan Shlemon, featured speaker 2:30 — Performances by students in GCU’s Worship Arts program 2:45 — Melissa Pullon, featured speaker 3:00 — Dr. Sherman Elliott, featured speaker 3:15 — Panel Discussion 3:30 — Q&A 3:45 — Reflection and evaluation 4:00 — Closing by Dr. Griffin

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Panelists boot up the conversation on cybersecurity

October 05, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

With the recent Equifax data breach putting the identities of 143 million people at risk, it’s apparent that the need is high for a strong cybersecurity workforce. A panel of experts gathered Wednesday on the GCU campus to share how they got into the cybersecurity field and give advice on how to do the same.

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